Closed for renovation until spring 2019
Tsuwano is one of several towns across Japan nicknamed "Small Kyoto". The reason for the comparison is Tsuwano's old town which features several preserved historic buildings and retains an atmosphere reminiscent of past centuries. The highlight is the Tonomachi district where one street block of the former samurai district is particularly nicely preserved with earthen walls, historic buildings and a water canal filled with carps.
The adjacent former merchant district, which lies between Tsuwano Station and the Tonomachi District, is not quite as meticulously groomed and preserved as the Tonomachi district, but it, too, contains quite a few old fashioned buildings and facades, including some sake shops and a few museums of interest.
The old town lies just southeast of Tsuwano Station. The Tonomachi district can be reached from the station in a ten minute walk.